In the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal, the Grizzlies trail the Warriors 3-1 and are on the approach of being ousted from the NBA playoffs. On Tuesday, they received even more dismal news.
As per sources, An MRI study on the 22-year-old star’s right knee found a bone bruise, which means Ja Morant will miss the rest of their postseason run. Morant’s knee was grabbed by Golden State’s Jordan Poole as he went for a lost ball in the fourth quarter of Game 3 against the Warriors.
There was no sign of him after that. Second-seeded Grizzlies will now be without their leading scorer and one of the NBA’s best playmakers for the rest of the playoffs, which is a major blow. Despite scoring 27 points per game in the playoffs, Morant hasn’t played since injuring himself.
The Golden State Warriors fought back to beat Memphis 101-98 on Monday night in San Francisco. Morant tweeted that Poole “broke the code” after the Game 3 injury, but he swiftly erased it. Dillon Brooks was struck with a flagrant foul by the Warriors’ Gary Payton II in Game 2, and Warriors coach Steve Kerr had said the same thing about Brooks. Brooks was punished for Game 3 after injuring Payton II on the play and breaking his elbow.
He has missed two games in the last few weeks, and this is the second time in recent weeks. A right knee ailment kept him out of nine games in March. Even before the Golden State series, Morant said he wasn’t 100%. Morant is likely to fully recover, according to the team. Game 5 of the series will take place at 9:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 3.